Snow one week, then bushfires at Katoomba

Dangerous fire warnings across Australia

Last Saturday Nick Darias was helping people who had been snowed out of their Blue Mountains homes.


This week the Katoomba RSL CEO again provided shelter and food to about 100 locals, all forced from their homes after a bushfire jumped containment lines on Saturday afternoon.

One house was destroyed and several others damaged in the blaze and Mr Darias, a born and bred local, is expecting a “long summer”.

“It’s only early days. It’s only the first week of November,” he told AAP at the RSL.

“We’re all hoping for the best but you can see the trend, it’s going to be a long one.”

“Everything is so dry out there, a lot of things have overgrown and parts of the area haven’t been burnt out.”

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Luckily for the locals, Mr Darias and his staff can turn the RSL into an evacuation centre within half an hour of being altered by authorities. Even if a band is about to play.

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— Lindsay Holmwood (@auxesis) October 14, 2014

“We had to move all of our furniture around. We got the staff on board straight away, they got the tea and coffee out, we got the caterer on board and he knocked up a meal straight away,” Mr Darias said.

“It could be at two in the morning, it could be at four in the morning.”

When the locals were given the all-clear by police, the RSL fired up its shuttle bus and began ferrying people back to their properties.

“When you’re a community club, that’s what you do,” Mr Darias said.

The threat to properties has passed but with the fire continuing to burn, authorities are keeping close watch on winds which could cause it to flare up again.

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